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CHA Pilot Program Reduces Opioid Prescribing in ERs

The six month pilot program to reduce opioid prescribing in Emergency Departments coordinated by the Colorado Hospital Association has seen remarkable outcomes.  For the ten participants, the administration of opioid treatments for pain was reduced by 36 percent compared to the same time period in the prior year.  This represented 35,000 fewer individual opioid administrations year over year.  Additionally, the pilot program saw an increase of 31.4 percent in the number of alternative treatments for pain relief.

When launched back in June of 2017, the CHA pilot program was one of the largest opioid research projects in the United States.  It partnered eight Colorado hospitals and two free-standing emergency departments in this effort to reduce the use of opioids in ERs by introducing alternative measures to control pain.  The pilot program implemented the “2017 Opioid Prescribing and Treatment Guidelines” established by the American College of Emergency Physicians and its Colorado Chapter.

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